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post #46 of 725
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Originally Posted by tennisplyr3 View Post
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I'm curious about this as well.
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I am probably getting the sparrow over the maverick to drive my incoming AKG 702. May not be the best, but i guess it will have enough juice to drive it.
post #47 of 725
So it looks like you can now order it off his site, who is the first guinea pig?
post #48 of 725
Here, a reply from Kingwa:

"The FUN sound level is same with Sparrow, and the output specs is same. So no problems to drive K702 IMO.
The different is the FUN has many functions."
post #49 of 725
Fascinating. The Sparrow is a mini-FUN.
post #50 of 725
Great Taste! Less Filling!
post #51 of 725
That's very promising news. This could be my ideal PC amp (and my second setup).
post #52 of 725
Is there any real difference between the BNC and USB inputs (other than the obvious)? I'm new to the amping world and curious about the price difference between the two basic models. I'm assuming that to go from a laptop -> BNC requires some special cable that isn't readily available...
post #53 of 725
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Is there any real difference between the BNC and USB inputs (other than the obvious)? I'm new to the amping world and curious about the price difference between the two basic models. I'm assuming that to go from a laptop -> BNC requires some special cable that isn't readily available...

BNC from a Laptop would require an Express card Sound Card that did BNC or a USB to BNC adapter, and that would be kinda goofy IMO. I would avoid USB unless it were your only option. My preference would be SPDIF(optical) if you Laptop does that, then USB or Express Card Sound Card that does BNC or SPDIF out. USB Bus's on Laptops often have trouble because the Keyboard, mouse, trackpad, etc may be on the same bus. Sometimes you will notice that a HD performs much better on one USB port versus another. This is because of Port contention issues on the bus. This is well documented on MACBooks in particular.

Here's an example of an Express Card SC that does SPDIF IN/OUT

Sound Blaster X-Fi Audio Coming to Notebooks

Which Laptop?
post #54 of 725
I have an aging Macbook (2006, first generation) that will hopefully be replaced by a newer Macbook in the next year or so.

Most of what you just said flew a little bit over my head, which is worrisome...whatever happened to simple plug-and-play, haha.. I just don't to finally pick an amp just to have no clue what's going on with it.
post #55 of 725
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Originally Posted by avocado View Post
I have an aging Macbook (2006, first generation) that will hopefully be replaced by a newer Macbook in the next year or so.

Most of what you just said flew a little bit over my head, which is worrisome...whatever happened to simple plug-and-play, haha.. I just don't to finally pick an amp just to have no clue what's going on with it.
Now that's Funny! I just sold one of those on Ebay yesterday! You're in Luck. Your headphone Jack doubles as Optical SPDIF out. You would need a cable like this:

For only $1.81 each when QTY 50+ purchased - Toslink to Mini M/M OD:5.0mm, Molded Type - 3ft | Toslink to Mini Plug

That type cable will hook up you Mac to the Optical Toslink port on the DAC

I'm assuming you meant MacBook Pro? The MacBook, I'm not sure.
post #56 of 725
Here's specs on a 2006 MACBOOK, it does optical IN/OUT as well:

MacBook (Late 2006) - Technical Specifications
post #57 of 725

I predict this unit is going to become super popular over the next year. audio gd... 150 bucks...

post #58 of 725
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Originally Posted by numbskull View Post

Here, a reply from Kingwa:

"The FUN sound level is same with Sparrow, and the output specs is same. So no problems to drive K702 IMO.
The different is the FUN has many functions."

This makes sense, as so many of the components are similar.
 

post #59 of 725

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Originally Posted by Crazy*Carl View Post

I predict this unit is going to become super popular over the next year. audio gd... 150 bucks...


Indeed, but which combination is going to be the best bang for the buck (ie which DIR & D/A modules to choose)?


Edited by spookygonk - 5/7/10 at 1:41pm
post #60 of 725

If you just want a end game unit, then the sparrow for sure.  If you want to upgrade int he future, the FUN is better choice I would think.  Contrary to the title of this thread, I don't think the sparrow was ever designed to be portable.  All the website says about is it is "mini".  The primary purpose of it was to offer a cheaper version of the fun with the same sound but significantly reduced options.

 

I am going to order one soon, as I am without a DAC and AMP right now.  Someone should start up an official Head-fi sparrow thread soon.


Edited by Crazy*Carl - 5/7/10 at 2:18pm
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